50 Ways to Implement Health Reform: State Challenges and Federal Assistance

Source: Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 2, 2010

From the summary:
This session, sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, looked into the key challenges facing states, including working within state legislative cycles against tight deadlines in the federal law, creating new roles at the state level as state budgets are being squeezed, and others. It looked at both near-term provisions, such as high-risk pools, as well as other provisions farther down the road, such as setting up exchanges and instituting changes to Medicaid eligibility.

What challenges need to be overcome by the states to implement various provisions in the law? What can we learn from implementation of previous federal reforms such as the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)? How are states managing new tasks while making job cutbacks in tough economic times? What are some of the various policymaking tools states are using to affect change in the business of health care? What are leading states doing right? What are some of the federal legislative and policymaking challenges ahead?
See also:
– [video] Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator
– [video] Sen. Jay Rockefeller, United States Senate, Moderator
– [video] Jay Angoff, HHS Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Speaker
– [video] Len Nichols, George Mason University, Speaker
– [video] Brian Webb, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Speaker
– [video] Lorez Meinhold, Office of the Governor of Colorado, Speaker
– Lorez Meinhold’s Powerpoint Presentation
– Brian Webb’s Powerpoint Presentation
– Len Nichols PowerPoint Presentation

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